With St. Patrick's Day coming up on March 17th, and being that Lucky Charms is one of my favorite cereals (though I tend to pick out the marshmallows and eat them first), here are 5 Lucky Charms cupcakes to get you in a celebratory mood.
Magically delicious sparkly gold flake and green velvet Lucky Charms cupcakes by Saucy's Sprinkles - click for recipe
by Cupcake Project made with homemade Lucky Charms - click for recipe
by blogger Mrs. Fox's Sweets. From the post:
The icing is homemade buttercream. The cupcakes are topped with a little green sugar and then, of course, the Lucky Charms! From reading the reviews on the Betty Crocker website, I already knew that the cereal will quickly go stale if not served immediately. I tried using meringue powder in the icing and a layer of green sugar on top of the icing to possibly help prevent this, but no luck. The cereal did stay crunchy for an hour or two, but after a couple hours the cereal and marshmallows did get soft. They still taste great, but it is just as easy to put a handful on Lucky Charms on top right before serving. They are definitely best with that nice crunch on the top!
Double rainbow cupcakes by Clutzy Cooking
Last but not least, the very awesome With Sprinkles on Top has a Lucky Charms cupcake recipe and news about where you can buy just the marshmallows (from a site called, appropriately enough, cerealmarshmallows.com, via CHOW) and fun facts about Lucky Charms gleaned from Wikipedia, including:
- The original cereal contained pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers.
- Blue diamonds were introduced in 1975, purple horseshoes in 1984, red balloons in 1989, rainbows in 1992, pots of gold in 1994, leprechaun hats in 1996, orange shooting stars in 1998 (other colors of shooting stars were added in 2011), and an hourglass in 2008.
- Older marshmallow shapes were gradually phased out; the pink heart is the only shape to survive since the beginning.
- Limited edition marshmallows were also added over the years — including a whale in 1986, pine trees in 1990, a red balloon with a gold star in 1991, and a sparkling rainbow in 2000.